Mille Lacs SMALLMOUTH BASS with FLW Pro John Cox- Jason Mitchell Outdoors

>> HERE WE ARE LAKE MILLE LACS. I’VE ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUTCOMING HERE. I GOT A CALL FROM JASON,HE WAS LIKE, HEY, YOU KNOW,LET’S GO FISHING MILLE LACS. AND YOU GO AND TRY TO CATCHSOME BIG SMALLMOUTHS. I’VE JUST BEEN SO EXCITEDABOUT THIS TRIP. >> GOT HIM. >> BIG FISH. >> RIGHT UNDER THE BOAT. OH MY GOSH, LOOK AT THIS THING,LOOK HOW FAT THAT THING IS. THAT’S A GIANT SMALLMOUTH. THAT NEVER GETS OLD. >> WE’RE HEADQUARTEREDOUT OF APPELDOORN’S,WHICH IS IN THE SOUTHEASTCORNER OF THE LAKE. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT MILLE LACSAND ESPECIALLY THAT PARTICULARAREA OF THE LAKE,YOU’VE GOT DOE ISLAND,YOU’VE GOT SO MANY DIFFERENTROCK REEFS AND THERE’S SO MUCHGREAT HABITAT IN MILLE LACS. IT’S JUST PERFECTFOR SMALLMOUTHS. BOULDER PILES,EVEN SOME WEED LINESTHAT THESE FISH USE. BUT THERE ARE JUSTSO MANY SPOTS AROUND THE LAKEWHERE YOU’VE JUST GOTTHESE BARS AND HAZARD AREASWHERE THESE ROCKS COME UPINTO IN A FEW FEET OF WATER. AND IT SEEMS LIKE THERE’SSMALLMOUTHS ON EVERY ONEOF THEM. WE’VE DONE FISHING SHOWSUP HERE IN THE PAST,WALLEYE SHOWS,SOME SMALLMOUTH SHOWS,BUT THE SMALLMOUTHSHAVE REALLY BEENCOMING ON STRONG. WE’RE WITH A STUDFROM THE FLW TOUR,A CRESTLINER PRO HERE,ALL THE WAY FROM FLORIDA. AND I EXPECTED YOU TO SHOW UPWITH SHORTS AND SANDALS ON. THIS IS PROBABLY A LITTLE BITTOO CHILLY FOR YOU. >> I’M TELLING YOU,I’M FREEZING UP HERE. BUT YOU KNOW,I CAN’T WAIT TO GET OUT HERE. I’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF COMINGTO THIS PLACE. AND YOU KNOWI’M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I CAN’T WAIT. I CAN’T WAIT TO HOOKONE OF THEM BIG SMALLMOUTHS. >> HEY, YOU’VE DONEA TREMENDOUS JOB ON THE FLW. I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR CAREERHERE FOR A FEW YEARS. AND I FIND SO INTERESTINGABOUT YOUR STORY IS THATYOU HEAR ABOUT THE ALABAMA RIG,YOU HEAR ABOUT FISHINGOFFSHORE STRUCTURE,YOU KNOW ALL THESEDIFFERENT TRENDS THAT ARE,THAT HAVE EMERGEDAND TAKEN OVER THE BASS WORLDIN THE LAST SAY, 10 YEARS. YOUR ZIGGINGWHEN EVERYONE ELSE IS ZAGGING,YOU’RE FISHING THE BANK,YOU’RE FISHING SHALLOW WATER. YOU’RE A FLIPPING EXPERT. WHEN EVERYONE ELSE GOESONE WAY,YOU GO OFF OVER HEREBY YOURSELF AND IT’S WORKEDFOR YOU. IT’S REALLYA FASCINATING STORY. >> I JUST GOT TIRED OF TRYINGTO LEARN AND FISH THE WAYEVERYBODY ELSE FISHES. AND YOU KNOW KINDAJUST DOING MY OWN THINGAND FISHING SHALLOW. AND IT’S BEEN WORKING OUT. >> I’LL TELL YOU WHAT,ON THE FLW TOURI DON’T KNOW IF THERE ISA BETTER SHALLOW WATER ANGLERTHAN YOU. I DON’T EVEN KNOWIF YOU HAVE ELECTRONICSOR A DEPTH FINDER IN YOUR BOAT. >> NAH, USUALLY I’LL STARTTHE SEASON OFF WITH LIKE,WITH A TRANSDUCERBUT IT ALWAYS ENDS UPGETTING RIPPED OFFBEFORE THE NEXT TOURNAMENT. >> THERE HE IS. >> GOT HIM?>> YEP. >> RIGHT ALONG THAT SHARP BREAKON THE SIDE OF THESE BOULDERS. COME ON UP. BOY, THEY ARE JUST BULLDOGS,AREN’T THEY?HERE SHE COMES. YOU KNOW A WEEK AGOWE HAD YOU KNOW SUNSHINE,NICE WEATHER,THESE WATER TEMPERATURESWERE WARMING UP IN THE MID-50S,EVEN UP IN THE LOW 60S. AND THESE FISH WERE STARTINGTO MOVE UP ON THEIR BEDS,YOU KNOW, STARTING TO MOVE UPON THE SHALLOW ROCK,SAND LOCATIONSWHERE THEY’RE CLEAR OUT A NEST. AND THEN THIS MASSIVE FRONTCAME IN AND CRASHEDTHE WATER TEMPERATURES. YOU KNOW WATER TEMPERATUREIS NOW THE LOW 50S. TYPICALLY ALL THE FISH CAME ONA SIMILAR LOOKING SPOT. AND SO WE MIGHT HAVE CAUGHTA FISH HERE AND A FISH THERE,BUT THAT WAS THE PATTERN. WE JUST KEPT SPOTS LIKE THAT,THAT OUTSIDE BREAKIN 9, 10, 11 FEET OF WATER. AND WE JUST HAD TO SLOW DOWN,USE A DROP SHOT SOFT PLASTICSAND FISH REALLY METHODICALLY. BUT YOU KNOW IF YOU GRIND AWAYTHOSE GOOD SPOTS,YOU’RE GOING TO CATCH FISH. AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE DAYWE’VE CAUGHT A LOTOF NICE FISH. >> OH, I GOT ONE, I GOT ONE. >> ALL RIGHT. >> GOOD, GOOD, GOOD,THAT ONE WAS A LITTLE DEEPER. >> OH YEAH, OH IT’S A GOOD ONE. >> COMING BEHIND YOU HEREWITH THE NET. >> BOY, THEY ARE SO STRONG. >> OH, THEY ARE. >> THERE WE GO. OH, THAT’S A NICE ONE THERE. MAN, I CAN’T BELIEVEHOW THICK THESE FISH ARE. UNBELIEVABLE. >> YOU KNOW WHAT I FINDAMAZING JON IS PEOPLEFISHING FOR THEM,THERE’S TOURNAMENTS OUT HEREBUT IT’S NOT A MARKON THESE FISH. IT’S AMAZING. >> NO, THIS FISH, IT LOOKSLIKE IT’S NEVER BEENCAUGHT BEFORE. IT’S AMAZING. HOOKED HIM PERFECTLY. ALL RIGHT, LET’S GET THIS ONEBACK IN THE WATERAND ANOTHER ONE. THAT WAS AWESOME. >> ALL RIGHT. >> I CAN’T WAIT TO GETANOTHER ONE. THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN. THAT NEVER GETS OLD. >> IT DON’T, DON’T IT?>> NO. I’M GOING TO PUT ANOTHER ONEOF THOSE JERK MINNOWS ON. MAN, THIS THING’S JUST DEADLY. >> HERE WE GO,IT’S GOOD TO GO. >> IT’S THE SPRINGTHAT WON’T END IN THE SENSETHAT IT’S GETTING TO BETHE MIDDLE OF THE END OF MAYAND WATER TEMPERATURE’SSTILL LOW 50S. AND IT JUST DOESN’T WANTTO WARM UP. WE JUST KEEP GETTING FRONTSTHAT ARE COMING THROUGH. THESE FISH WANT TO MOVE UPSHALLOW AND GET ON THE BEDSBUT THEY JUST KEEP GETTINGFRONT AFTER FRONT. WE’RE HOPING THE SUNSHINEWILL PEEK OUT A LITTLE BIT. I THINK IF THE SUN COMES OUT,THESE FISH WILL GO NUTS. BUT THAT LAST FISH WAS PROBABLYIN ABOUT 10 FEET OF WATER,BUT WE’RE JUST FOCUSINGON THESE EDGES HERE,THE TOP OF THESE BOULDERS HERE. THEY MIGHT BE UPIN MAYBE 4 FEET OF WATERMAYBE SHALLOWER. WE’RE JUST PITCHINGTHESE DROP SHOT RIGSWITH A JERK MINNOW,A KALIN’S JERK MINNOW. WE’RE KIND OF ANTICIPATINGTHAT THESE FISH CAN BE OFF. THE WATER TEMPERATURE’SCRASHED,IT’S IN THE LOW 50S. WE’RE JUST DRAGGINGTHESE ALONG THE SHALLOW ROCKS. >> THERE IS A BIG BOULDERRIGHT IN FRONT OF US HERE. AND WE ACTUALLY SAW ITWITH THE SIDE IMAGINGSO WE CAME BACK AROUNDAND WE PUT THE TALON DOWN. JUST A BIG, BIG ISOLATED ROCK,WHICH IN THE PAST WE’VE PULLEDBIG FISH OFF THESE TYPESOF SPOTS. >> YOU KNOW I REMEMBER FISHINGSOME BOULDERS JUST LIKE THISUP ON CHAMPLAIN. AND CATCHING SOMEGIANT SMALLMOUTH OFF OF THEM. NOT MANY, BUT WHEN YOU GOT ONEIT WOULD BE A GIANT. >> ONE BIG LONE ROCK IS KINDOF A BIG FISH SPOT IN MY MIND. MIGHT NOT CATCH NUMBERSOF FISH ON IT,BUT IT’LL USUALLY BE A BIG FISHLIVING ON IT. >> OH, THERE WE GO,THERE WE GO! >> LOOK AT THE HORSEPOWER,HUH?DON’T YOU LOVE THAT?>> OH MAN, THIS IS A BIG ONE. >> THESE BROWN FISH ARE FUN. >> I’M TELLING YOU. OH, DON’T GO DOWN ON THE ROCK,NO, NO, NO. >> I’LL GET THE NET HERE,FISH THAT BIG. >> OH MY GOD, SHE’S A GIANT. OH, SHE’S A BIG SMALLMOUTH. >> ALL RIGHT, JON. >> NICE WORK. >> OH NO, NO, NO, DON’T GOBACK DOWN ON THAT ROCK. >> THERE’S A BIG ROCK. >> NO, NO, NO, NO. >> GET HIS LIGHT, LIGHT LINE,YOU KNOW, AND IT JUST ADDSA LITTLE ELEMENT OF FUN. >> I’M TELLING YOU,THIS IS A GIANT ONE. >> BOY, THEY JUST DON’TWANT TO WEAR OUT, DO THEY?OH, READY, THERE WE GO. NICE WORK, JON. NICE WORK. >> THERE HE GOESMINNESOTA BASS FISHING. >> OH MY GOSH. I DON’T BELIEVE IT. >> LOOK AT THOSE RED EYESON HER. OH, YOU CAN’T EVEN SEETHAT JERK MINNOW. >> OH MY GOSH,SHE CHOKED IT. >> THERE, I GOT THAT JERK MINNOWOUT OF THERE. >> LOOK AT THAT THING. >> YEAH, LOOK AT THAT JON. THAT IS A DANDY OF A SMALLMOUTH. >> OH MY GOSH. >> GOT SPOTS ON HERLIKE A LEOPARD. >> I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. LOOK AT THE HEADON THAT THING. >> YEAH, JUST A BEAUTIFULLOOKING FISH. NOT A MARK ON IT. SHE’S, SHE HASN’T BEEN CAUGHTBEAUTIFUL FISH. >> WOW. >> ALL RIGHT, LET THAT FISHIN THE WATER HERE. >> YEAH. >> THAT IS A DANDY FISH THERE,JON. >> THAT MADE MY TRIPRIGHT THERE. >> THAT WAS A BEAUTY. >> WE’RE JUST USINGA SIMPLE DROP SHOT. AND YOU KNOW MILLE LACS,EVER SINCE THE ZEBRA MUSSELSESPECIALLY, THE WATERIS PRETTY CLEAR,SO IT’S PREDOMINANTLYA MONOFILAMENTOR EVEN A FLUOROCARBON GAME. BUT JUST USING A DROP SHOT,WHICH COLD FRONT CONDITIONS,YOU NEED A LITTLE BIT MORESUBTLE PRESENTATION,A DROP SHOT WORKSPRETTY WELL. WE’RE JUST USINGA KALIN’S JERK MINNOW ON HERE. AND THEN DROPPING DOWNTO A TUNGSTEN WEIGHT. AND TUNGSTEN WORKSREALLY WELL. OBVIOUSLY IT’S HEAVIERTHAN LEAD. THIS IS JUST A 1/4 OUNCE WEIGHTHERE, BUT IT’S ALSOA HARDER METALAND SO IT’S JUST A LOT LOUDER. AND YOU JUST GET THATTHUMPING AND KNOCKING,WHICH IN A LOT OF CASESATTRACTS THESE SMALLMOUTHS. ONE OF THE TOUGHEST ASPECTSABOUT FISHING THESE GRAY DAYSAND THESE CLOUDY DAYS ISTHE FACT THAT YOU JUST CAN’T SEETHE ROCKS. AND SO YOU’RE POLARIZED GLASSESAREN’T GOING TO DO YOU ANY GOOD. AND SO IN THAT CASEWE REALLY LEAN ONTHE SIDE IMAGINGOR THE SIDE SCANON THESE DEPTH FINDERS. WHAT I FIND IS IF I GO JUSTA TOUCH FASTER AND MAYBEA MILE AND A HALF,TWO MILES AN HOUR,IT’S EASIER TO INTERPRETWHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN,IN THE SENSE THAT YOU CANSEE THE SHAPE OF THE BOULDERS. YOU CAN SEE SOMETIMESTHERE ARE BIGGER ROCKS,SOMETIMES THEREARE SMALLER ROCKSSCATTERED OUT THROUGH AN AREA,BUT IT’S JUST ALL ABOUT PUTTINGTHE PATTERN TOGETHER. SOMETIMES THESE FISHARE REALLY HOLDING ONTOLARGE BOULDERS OR ARE ONONE BIG ROCK. BUT THERE’S OTHER DAYSWHEN THE FISH MOVE UP ON SAND,WHERE THEY’RE JUSTON SCATTERED ROCK. AND SO A LOT OF TIMESYOUR PATTERN IS JUST TRYINGTO FIGURE OUT THAT RIGHT MIX,THAT RIGHT RECIPEFOR BOTTOM COMPOSITION. AND YOUR SIDE IMAGING IS GOINGTO BE AN EXCELLENT TOOLTO HELP YOU DECIPHERWHAT TYPES OF LOCATIONSTHESE FISH ARE HOLDING ONAND THEN TRY TO REPEATTHE PATTERN ON OTHERPARTS OF THE LAKE. >> YOU KNOW BEING AN ANGLERTHAT’S SPENT MOST OF THEIR LIFEPREDOMINANTLY WALLEYE FISHING,I LOVE TO BASS FISH. ONE THING I REALLY LIKE TO DOIS I LOVE TO FISH WITH REALLYKNOWLEDGEABLE BASS ANGLERS,BECAUSE IN MY MINDTHEY CAN TEACH YOU SO MUCH. YOU KNOW BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BEFISHING A PATTERNFOR GIZZARD SHAD DOWNON THE TENNESSEE RIVER SYSTEM,FOR EXAMPLE,USING THEIR ELECTRONICS. AND YOU KNOW THEY’RE PICKING UPTHINGS, THEY’RE DOING THINGSTHAT YOU COULD APPLYTO OTHER SPECIESAND OTHER BODIES OF WATER. AND YOU KNOW THE LIST GOESON AND ON. BUT I LOVE FISHINGWITH DIFFERENT ANGLERSFROM DIFFERENT PARTSOF THE COUNTRY BECAUSE FOR MEIT’S JUST A GREAT WAY TO LEARNA LOT IN A HURRY. >> AND THE THING I’VE LEARNEDOVER THE YEARS FISHINGCOLD FRONTS IS, IS YOU JUST,YOU HAVE TO GRIND IT OUT. YOU’RE JUST NOT GOINGTO GET THOSE 20, 30 BITESYOU GOT THE DAY BEFORE. AND JUST PUT YOUR HEAD DOWNAND YOU KNOW YOU MIGHTFISH ALL DAY FOR SIXOR SEVEN BITES, YOU KNOW? >> SOMETHING HUGETHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR WASI WON THE FORREST WOOD CUP. >> 11 POUNDS, 8 OUNCES,YOUR CHAMPION IS JON COX! >> WOW! >> I’M NOT SUREHOW IT HAPPENED,BUT I WAS ABLE TO RUNMY CRESTLINER SO FAR BACKIN THIS CREEK AND I WAS ABLETO FISH A FROG FOR FOUR DAYSAND WIN $300,000. I JUST, IT WAS JUST,IT WAS UNREAL. IT WAS THE MOST AWESOMEEXPERIENCE EVER. I’M RUNNING A CRESTLINER PT 20,WITH 200 VERADO ON IT. IT’S AN AWESOME BOAT. AND FISHING ALL SEASONOUT OF IT ON THE FLW TOUR. JASON CAME OUT AND BROUGHTHIS CRESTLINER PRO TILLER,WHICH IS AN AWESOME BOAT. THAT’S THE FIRST TIMEI’VE EVER BEEN INA TILLER BOAT. AND IT JUST, YOU KNOW,IT WAS A WHOLE ANOTHER WORLDIT JUST AN AWESOME RIG. >> YEP, HERE’S ONE. >> GOT HIM!ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT JON. BIG FISH. >> OH, RIGHT UNDER THE BOAT. I THINK IT’S A GOOD ONE. >> ALL RIGHT. >> I HAVEN’T SEEN HIM YET. >> I GOT A GLIMPSE OF HIM,IT WAS A BIG ONE. >> HE’S STAYING WAY UNDERTHE BOAT. OH, HO, HO, HO, HO. >> IT’S A GOOD ONE. >> THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE COME OUTAND FISH MILLE LACS. >> OH, SHE’S BARELY HOOKED. >> OH, WE GOT IT! >> A DANDY. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE,COME TO MILLE LACS, RIGHT THERE. >> OH, I’M TELLING YOU. >> GRAB YOUR PRIZE. >> OH MAN. OH MY GOSH,LOOK AT THIS THING. LOOK HOW FAT THAT THING IS. THAT’S A GIANT SMALLMOUTH. >> THAT IS. >> OH MY GOSH. >> THAT IS A DANDY. JUST LOVE THE GIRTH ON HIM. >> I’M TELLING YOU. >> RIGHT RED EYES. >> IT LOOKS LIKE HE’S NEVEREVEN BEEN CAUGHT BEFORE. >> NO, PERFECT FINS ON HIM. YEAH, THERE’S SOMETHINGTO A 6 POUND TEST. WHICH I THINK IN THESECOLD FRONT CONDITIONSI THINK THAT’S A BIG PLUS,DROPPING DOWN LIGHTERMONOFILAMENT, RIGHT?>> YEAH, I THINK SO TOO. >> IT ADDS TO THE BATTLETHOUGH, IT MAKES A,JUST ANOTHER ELEMENTOF FUN. WHEN YOU’VE GOT A FISHLIKE THAT ON 6 POUND TESTIT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER. >> I’LL TELL YOU,MY HEART IS POUNDINGRIGHT NOW. >> NICE WORK. >> OH MY GOSH. >> NICE WORK. >> LET’S GET ANOTHER ONE. >> YEAH. >> YOU KNOW MILLE LACS JUSTA MASSIVE BODY OF WATER. IT’S JUST THIS BIG ROUND LAKETHAT IS JUST. . . IT CAN GET UGLYOUT HERE AND YOU KNOW WHENTHE WIND BLOWS ON MILLE LACSYOU KNOW IT. AND WHEN THE WIND DOES BLOWAND YOU GET THESE MASSIVEFRONTS THAT ROLLS THROUGH IT,IT ELIMINATES A LOT OF THE WATERTHAT YOU COULD FISH. AND YOU KNOW WHAT’S INTERESTINGIS THAT WALLEYES AND SMALLMOUTHRESPOND TO WINDIN DIFFERENT WAYS. I’VE SEEN IT SO OFTENWHERE THE WIND LAYS DOWNOR YOU GET ON THE CALMERSIDE OF THE LAKE,THOSE SMALLMOUTHS WILL MOVE UPON THE REEFS AND THE WALLEYESWILL BE OFF DEEPERON THE SIDES. YOU POUND THAT SAME STRUCTUREWITH WIND AND THE WALLEYESWILL MOVE UPAND THE SMALLMOUTH PULL OUT. AND SO IT’S ALMOST LIKEA REVERSE MOVEMENT OF FISH. AND SO A LOT OF TIMESWITH SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHINGWE’RE TRYING TO AVOID THE WIND,WE’RE TRYING TO FIND AREASTHAT ARE SHELTEREDAND OUT OF THE WIND. BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKEWHEN YOU GET THOSE BIG ROLLERSOR BIG WAVES PUSHING UPON THOSE SPOTSIT DISPERSES THOSE FISH. BUT WHEN THAT WIND LAYS DOWNOR YOU CAN GET OUT OF THE WIND,THOSE FISH WILL SLIDE UPON THOSE ROCK LOCATIONSAND UP ON THOSE REEFSWHERE YOU ANTICIPATE THOSE FISHTO BE AND THEY’RE CATCHABLE. >> LOOK HOW HEALTHYTHAT FISH IS. DO YOU SEE HOW FAT SHE IS?GOSH, AWESOME. >> YOU KNOW MILLE LACSIS A FISHERY THAT HAS GONETHROUGH SO MUCH CHANGEOVER THE LAST 20, 25 YEARS. IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO,MAYBE 15 YEARS AGOWHERE ON THE SOUTH END HERETHERE WOULD BE HUNDREDSOF THE BOATS ANCHORED UPON THESE ROCK REEFSWITH A SLIP BOBBER AND A LEECHWALLEYE FISHING. AND HISTORICALLY MILLE LACSHAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOSTFAMOUS FISHERIES IN MINNESOTA,BUT THERE’S BEENA LOT OF CHANGE. THAT WALLEYE’S POPULATIONHAS BEEN UP AND DOWN. AND RIGHT NOW THERE’S A LOTOF WALLEYES IN THE LAKE,BUT THERE’S A LOT OFREGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS. IN THE MEANTIME,WHETHER IT’S A COMBINATIONOF ZEBRA MUSSELS CLEANING UPTHE WATER OR THE FACTTHAT PEOPLE CATCH SMALLMOUTHSAND THEY RELEASE THEM,BUT THE SMALLMOUTH BASSPOPULATION HAS JUST GONETHROUGH THE ROOF. AND WHAT REALLY PUT THIS LAKEON THE MAP, IN MY OPINION,WAS LAST YEAR THEY HADA BASSMASTER CHAMPIONSHIPOUT HERE,REALLY PUT THIS LAKEON THE MAP. WHERE ALL OF A SUDDEN PEOPLEPEOPLE AREN’T JUST TALKINGABOUT THIS BEING ONE OFTHE BEST SMALLMOUTH FISHERIESIN THE MIDWESTOR IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA,BUT THEY’RE TALKINGONE OF THE BEST SMALLMOUTHFISHERIES IN THE COUNTRY. AND YOU LOOK OUT HEREAND THERE’S AS MANY OR MOREBASS BOATS ANY MORETHAN WHAT YOU SEEWALLEYE BOATS. AND SO YOU’RE SEEINGFEWER WALLEYE ANGLERSAND A LOT MORE ATTENTIONTOWARDS THESE SMALLMOUTH BASS. >> AND SO TODAY I CAUGHTMY FIRST WALLEYE EVER. NOT ONLY MY FIRST WALLEYE,I CAUGHT MY BIGGEST WALLEYEAND I CAUGHT THE MOST WALLEYEI’VE EVER CAUGHT BEFOREIN MY LIFE. IT WAS, IT WAS JUST AWESOME. >> WE’RE GOING ALONGAND ALL OF A SUDDENI GOT A BITE AND I SET THE HOOKON IT AND IT WAS JUST,IT WAS JUST ALL THIS WEIGHT. AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A GIANTSMALLMOUTH AND DIDN’T KNOWIT WAS HOOKED YET. AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDENOUT OF THE DARKTHIS GIANT WALLEYE CAME UP. IT’S A GIANT WALLEYE. >> OH, WE’VE GOT TO GETTHIS ONE IN. >> ALL RIGHT, I’LL GET THE NET. COOL, COOL, COOL, JON. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT?>> OH MY GOSH. >> I’LL MOVE THESE RODSOUT OF THE WAY. >> NOW YOU DON’T LIFT THESE. >> OH MAN. >> YOU PICK IT UP OUT OFTHE NET, JUST DON’T STICKYOUR THUMB IN THERE. >> NO, DON’T LIFT HIMON THE MOUTH, RIGHT?OH MY GOSH. >> YEAH, JUST PUT YOUR HANDRIGHT IN THEIR GILL PLATE. >> OOOP, THE HOOK COMERIGHT OUT. >> ALL RIGHT. >> OH, THAT’S COOL. >> OH MAN. >> JUST RIGHT IN HERE?>> YEAH, RIGHT IN THERE, YEP. THERE YOU GO, THERE. A LITTLE ROCK ‘N ROLL,THAT’S WHAT WE CALLA WALLEYE SHOPHERE IN MINNESOTA. >> OH MAN. THE BIGGEST WALLEYE EVER. >> COOL, BUD. >> OH MAN. THAT WAS INCREDIBLE. >> FISH WITH TEETH. >> I’M TELLING YOU. OH, THAT WAS COOL. >> YOU KNOW THERE’S BEENA LOT OF EDUCATION AS FARAS PREVENTING OR SLOWING DOWNTHE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES. ZEBRA MUSCLES BEING ONE OFTHE PRIMARY ONES. AND EVEN SOME OFTHE AQUATIC VEGETATION,LIKE EURASIAN MILFOIL. YOU KNOW WE ALL WANT TO DOOUR PART AND HELP THE RESOURCEAND CONSERVE THE RESOURCE. I ADVOCATE YOU KNOWDRAINING YOUR BILGE,DRAINING YOUR LIVEWELL,CLEANING OUT YOUR BOATJUST BECAUSE IF WE CAN SLOW ITDOWN IT MIGHT BUY TIMETO CREATE A SOLUTION. >> THERE WE GO, YEP. >> YOU KNOW THESEZEBRA MUSCLES,THEY SPREAD INTO NEW LAKESAND THEY CLEAN UP THE WATER. AND IT SEEMS LIKE IT COINCIDESWITH THESE EXPLODINGSMALLMOUTH BASS POPULATIONS. AND WE’RE SEEING ITALL OVER THE MIDWEST. YOU KNOW WHAT MIGHT BEA PREDOMINANTLYA WALLEYE FISHERY,THERE MIGHT BE SOMESMALLMOUTH BASS,YOU PUT THE ZEBRA MUSCLEIN THE EQUATIONAND THE SMALLMOUTH BASSPOPULATIONS EXPLODEBECAUSE THE SMALLMOUTH BASSTHRIVE IN THAT CLEAR WATER. AND IT CLEANS UP THE WATERAND THERE’S PROBABLYSOME SMALLMOUTH BASS PRESENTALREADY, BUT WHEN YOU CLEAR UPTHAT WATER IT JUST SEEMS LIKETHOSE POPULATIONS EXPLODE. THE ONE THING WE CAN DOIS TRY TO ADAPT TO WHATEVERMOTHER NATURE GIVES USIN THE SENSE THAT WE CANEITHER RESIST CHANGE,WHICH WE CAN’T CONTROL. AND YOU KNOW COMPLAINABOUT THE PRESENT AND WISHTHAT WE CAN TRAVEL BACK IN TIMEOR WE CAN EMBRACEWHAT WE HAVE. AND MORE AND MORE ANGLERSARE STARTING TO EMBRACETHESE SMALLMOUTH BASSBECAUSE THEY’RE JUST A FUN FISHTO CATCH.

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